Red Wine | Colline Novaresi Vespolina D.O.C.
VINEYARD: On the territory of Barengo, Và region for about 0.80 Ha.
VINE: Exclusively Vespolina grapes.
VINIFICATION: Hand picking vintage in crates during the last week of September, destemming and gentle mashing, fermentation in steel barrels, soaking for about 10 days. Malolactic fermentation in steel.
REFINING: Rests in steel barrels for the first 6 months of the year subsequent to vintage and in bottles for 4 months after bottling.
Ian d’Agata, in his authoritative book Native Wine Grapes of Italy, describes Vespolina as ‘…one of Italy’s best native grape varieties…’ and this part of northern Piedmont is its home. Medium red, not that different in color from Nebbiolo, of which it is a relative; spicy aroma and flavor (cinnamon, black pepper), cedar/sandalwood, red-fruited, mid-weight, really useful table wine. I will be drinking quite a bit of this.